Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Cross honoring WWI dead under attack

Some guy filed suit that it was "unfair" that a plain wooden cross placed on national parks land seventy years ago to honor the dead of WWI because it allegedly promotes one religion on federal land. What? How dumb is that. It's now being argued at the US Supreme Court.

There are two errors in "logic," such as it is, by this clown and his supporters, who filed the original suit in 1999. Here they are:

1. The first error is that a "specific" religious symbol refers only to that religion's followers (as in only the Christian WWI war dead are being honored). I can easily prove the error in that. Suppose that a bunch of Buddhists got together and created a memorial, with one of their symbols, that honored all women who died in childbirth. I would find that touching and would never assume that they only meant all Buddhist women. I mean, DUH! Likewise a Jewish monument honoring all lost in the Holocaust, I figure that they are sending "good vibes" to all who died, and not only the Jews. If Muslims had calligraphy somewhere honoring all grey haired middle aged women who grew up in poverty, I'd be flattered, and not assume that they mean only Muslim grey haired women. Only a moron would reckon that a cross honoring all WWI dead is somehow selective and an insult or omission, rather than an honor to everyone. Sheesh.

2. The second error is that having a "Christian" symbol, a historic one, not a new one, on federal land is somehow enticing or coercing people to recognize Christianity as a "state" religion. This is totally bogus and I can prove it. Yep, I can prove it. How? OK. Attention all hikers in federal lands and national park systems. If you come across an ancient carving of American Indian cultures that depict any part of their religion, since it's on federal land it's wrong to put it there, so I guess it's OK for you to remove the carvings. Either deface them or chip them out and sell them in the antiquities market (maybe help to balance the budget). Why not? Would not the presence of an American Indian religious symbol carved into a rock on federal land be endorsement of the "state" religion? Better get ready to remove any and all American Indian religious carvings anywhere on federal land. In fact, I think I might even insist on it, if the cross is so bad... gosh, think how we've been living under the insult and coercion of American Indian pagan faith symbols being protected and treasured on Federal lands. Hmmmm.....

There, now that was not so difficult, was it now?